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East Lyme officials resist resolution identifying racism as public health crisis

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East Lyme — The Board of Selectmen on Wednesday raised numerous objections to a draft resolution on racism and public health that was brokered by new First Selectman Kevin Seery and a local, grassroots social justice group.

The wording was similar to documents identifying racism as a public health crisis that already have been authorized in 22 cities and towns in the state, plus the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Officials in towns including Old Saybrook, New London and Norwich passed resolutions, and Gov. Ned Lamont in June signed into law a sweeping bill addressing the effect of racism on public health at the state level.

The issues were raised locally by the grassroots Southeastern Connecticut Organization for Racial Equity, known as SCORE. Seery described members of the group as committed to their beliefs and willing to talk — as is he.

He’s been involved in the conversation since the group first proposed the resolution in April of last year.

“The one thing we kept making sure we did is, no matter what, keep talking,” Seery, a Republican, said. “Because we want to hear their input and address their concerns.”

SCORE was formed in 2020 as East Lyme for Black Lives Matter. It emerged following […]

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